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Press release: Vertical fracking begins at Belfry well – July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council Last week the Energy Corporation of America (ECA), an oil company from Pennsylvania which is drilling a controversial well outside of Belfry, took the controversial step of vertical hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” ECA has submitted both a “Notice of Intention to Perforate or Cement” and a “Notice of Intention to Stimulate or Chemically Treat” the Hunt Creek 1-H well. A next step would be to drill up to two miles horizontally. Fracking is the...
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Report shows coal, oil trains would quadruple rail traffic, alarming lawmakers – KPLU, July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014
ALSO HAS AUDIO Lawmakers are expressing concerns over an updated report outlining the combined impacts of coal and oil trains that would roll through the Northwest if plans for export terminals move forward. Elected officials in the Leadership Alliance Against Coal, a group that formed under the leadership of former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, met in Seattle Tuesday to hear from the author of the report. Proposals for two export terminals are still on the table in Washington: one in Cherry Point,...
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States with fracking see surge in earthquake activity – Associated Press, July 14, 2014

July 15, 2014
By Emily Schmall and Justin Juozapavicius FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain...
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Press release: WORC announces transition of Executive Director Pat Sweeney – July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014
Career spans 42 years of protecting clean air and water, rural communities, and family agriculture By Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS — The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) announced today that Patrick Sweeney will transition from his position as the organization’s Executive Director on January 1, 2015 and phase out his employment at WORC over three years. Sweeney will serve as a part­time senior advisor and focus on special projects, WORC’s civic engagement and voter participation programs and consulting on fundraising with the new executive director, the directors of the seven member organizations, and WORC’s development staff.
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Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more – Associated Press, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014
By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer Jun 30, 2014 In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study. The research...
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New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans – Associated Press, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning. The two “fracking” cases from two central New York towns...
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Judge halts Arch Coal mine expansion, cites climate costs – Associated Press, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
/>englewood/ci_26048621/judge-halts-west-elk-mine-expansion DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a coal mine expansion planned in Gunnison County, ruling that federal authorities wrongly ignored carbon costs when approving the expansion of Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk Mine. U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson halted any construction, road-building or mining activity on about 1,700 acres in the Sunset Roadless...
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Press release: New Livingston group to focus on fossil-fuel transport, clean energy, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
By Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council More than 70 area residents attended a free informational kick-off event June 26 at the Elks Lodge in Livingston. The Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council (YBCC) is the 13th active affiliate of Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. “We were excited to see so many of our Livingston friends and neighbors turn out to hear how we can protect our community from the dangers of transporting oil and coal through town, and promote clean energy solutions,” said...
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U.S. ruling loosens four-decade ban on oil exports – Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2014

June 25, 2014
Shipments of unrefined American oil could begin as early as August
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